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To start us of, lets Define Technological Literacy
The following is Excerpts from Tech Tally (2006), Publication by National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council. 2006. Tech Tally: Approaches to Assessing Technological Literacy. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11691.
Defining Technological Literacy
One way to conceptualize technology is to think of human beings as living in three interconnected worlds—the natural world, the social world, and the designed world. The natural world consists of plants and animals, rocks and minerals, rivers, streams, lakes, oceans, the soil beneath our feet, and the air we breathe—in short, everything that exists without human intervention or invention. The social world includes customs, cultures, political systems, legal systems, economies, religions, and the mores humans devise to govern their interactions and relationships. The designed world, or the world of technology, includes all of the modifications humans make to the natural world to satisfy their needs and wants.
A Taxonomy for the Designed World
To study technology, it is useful to have a taxonomy, or classification system, that divides the products and systems of technology into pieces that can be explored individually. The taxonomy must be flexible, so as technology changes over time, the taxonomy can change with it. A thousand years ago, for instance, a taxonomy of technology would not have included information and communication technologies, and a thousand years from now—or perhaps only a hundred years from now—the taxonomy may include a major new category that we cannot yet imagine. In addition, the categories in the taxonomy are not mutually exclusive—there is a natural overlap among them. Nevertheless, dividing technology up in this way makes it easier to study.
Many different taxonomies are possible to describe the designed world. One useful taxonomy (to which the committee refers in other sections of this report) is provided in Standards for Technological Literacy:
- Medical Technologies. Technologies associated with diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease and other damage to the body or mind.
- Agriculture and Related Biotechnologies. Technologies that relate to raising crops and animals for food, feed, fiber, fuel, or other purposes.
- Energy and Power Technologies. Technologies related to harnessing energy resources and converting energy to power.
- Information and Communication Technologies. Technologies, including educational technologies, developed for gathering, manipulating, classifying, storing, and retrieving information.
- Transportation Technologies. Technological processes and systems by which people or goods are moved from one place to another.
- Manufacturing Technologies. Technological processes and systems that convert materials into finished products.
- Construction Technologies. Technological processes and systems associated with the construction of buildings, roads, levees, and other structures.